Correction to This Article
This article on the case of former University of Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely, who is accused of killing U-Va. women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, an ex-girlfriend of his, misspelled the last name of a Lexington, Va., police officer whom Huguely scuffled with before she arrested him in 2008. Her name is R.L. Moss, not R.L. Moff.
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George Huguely, suspect in U-Va. murder case, accused of slamming Yeardley Love's head into wall during fight

Virginia's players honor deceased teammate Yeardley Love in their 14-12 victory over Towson in the NCAA tournament.

On the Charlottesville campus, students pleaded for time to absorb the ghastly crime, and the charge that it was committed by one of their own. On Tuesday night, student leaders living in coveted rooms along the campus Lawn set out about five dozen small votive candles in memory of Love but declined to talk publicly about their action.

The student council will hold a campuswide candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. Wednesday. President John Casteen will speak at the event.

For the university's tight-knit community of athletes, the attack hit particularly close.

"We all hang out at the same spots," said Aaron Clark, a former football team linebacker who knew Huguely and Love. "This situation hits everybody. It's not just the lacrosse team. . . . We all talk, we all hang out. It's just so gut-wrenching to know that people you know and have hung out with and are acquaintances with can have this happen."

Love's sister and mother arrived here Monday and attended a meeting of the women's lacrosse team, its coaching staff, parents and friends. University officials said the family was not ready to speak publicly about Love's death. A moment of silence was held at 6 p.m. at a baseball game against Virginia Commonwealth University, the first such public gesture since the slaying.

Not far away is a large memorial to Morgan Harrington -- a jumble of signs, flowers and stuffed animals in memory of the Virginia Tech student last seen after a concert at U-Va.'s John Paul Jones arena last year. Besides the votive candles on the Lawn, there was no obvious public memorial to Love, but there was a Facebook page dedicated to her memory. It went up Monday night and had more than 19,514 members.

Love was the daughter of an investor, raised on an estate in a suburb north of Baltimore, educated at the private Notre Dame Prep, a girls' school. She played field hockey and lacrosse, volunteered at a soup kitchen and counseled in a summer camp program for kids from housing projects. She was also a bit of a math nerd.

Her father, John Love, died of prostate cancer in 2003, Love's sophomore year in high school, leaving Yeardley (pronounced "Yardley"), her older sister, Lexie, and mother Sharon. Love and her classmates attended the funeral in their school uniforms and saddle shoes.

"She handled everything so graciously and was so strong throughout," said Casey Donohoe, a longtime friend.

Concetta Davis, a neighbor, said she remembered the celebration on the day Love learned she was admitted to U-Va. She said she is in disbelief about the recent turn of events. "If I had a daughter in college today, I would be sick," she said.

George Huguely V came from a monied Chevy Chase family that co-founded the Galliher & Huguely lumberyard in the District nearly a century ago, according to the company's Web site. He was educated at the exclusive all-boys Landon School in Bethesda. He was starting quarterback and a lacrosse all-American. His mother, Marta, was a part-time model for Saks Fifth Avenue. His parents divorced, and his mother remarried.

Some on the U-Va. campus called Huguely quiet. "He was just sort of this quiet, sweet kid," said Wende Marshall, an assistant anthropology professor.


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